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Envista Forensics announces noteworthy staffing updates to their Canadian Operations

April 28, 2020 Envista Forensics

TORONTO, ON, APRIL 28, 2020/insPRESS/ – Envista Forensics, a global forensic engineering and consulting firm announces a noteworthy staffing update to their Canadian Operations. Kirsten Hoedlmoser, M.Eng., CHSC, CIH, P.Eng.., has joined Envista’s Toronto office as Envista’s Canadian Technical Lead,

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How commercial lease terms affect gas bars’ pollution liability

March 12, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

If a retail gas station has to remove underground tanks and contaminated soil, is the landlord or tenant responsible for the costs? Much of it depends on the terms of the lease and case law around commercial tenants’ trade fixtures,

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How not to handle a lawsuit alleging historical environmental contamination

March 9, 2020 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers wanting to advise commercial clients on pollution liability risk might learn a lesson or two from London Transit Commission v. Eaton Industries (Canada) Company, released this past Friday by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. London, Ontario’s city bus

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Who’s liable for what in this $2.2-million fuel oil spill

November 18, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Another chapter in the sad story of a $2.2-million residential heating fuel oil spill, into a fresh-water lake, has been closed. The Supreme Court of Canada announced this past Thursday it will not hear an appeal from Thompson Fuels of

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This Supreme Court ruling could drive environmental insurance sales

March 19, 2019 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers could see more demand for environmental liability insurance because of a recent Supreme Court of Canada ruling in favour of the Alberta Energy Regulator, a Toronto underwriter suggests. In Orphan Well Association v. Grant Thornton Ltd., the Supreme Court

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Liability risks from fuel storage tanks

September 14, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Clients who make tanks for flammable and hazardous material cannot always obtain insurance covering the full range of product and pollution liability. Matrix Service Company, whose products include above-ground fuel tanks, said Wednesday its products can potentially expose it to

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Net income for Swiss Re US$1.2 billion in 2017 H1, down from about US$1.9 billion in 2016 H1

August 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Disciplined underwriting and strong investment returns contributed to Swiss Re recording net income of US$1.2 billion for the first half of 2017, although catastrophe claims served to reduce the total from the comparable period in 2016. Net income for Swiss

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Combined ratio down 4.6 points for Everest Re

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Everest Re Group Ltd. reported Monday catastrophe losses, net of reinsurance, of $53.5 million in the three months ending June 30, with a 4.6-point improvement in its Q2 combined ratio to 90.5%. All figures are in United States dollars. Hamilton,

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Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

July 24, 2017 The Associated Press

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it

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Chubb’s multi-line practice to focus on large transportation clients in U.S. and Canada, help address wide range of risks

July 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Chubb’s newly launched multi-line industry practice will focus on providing insurance products, service and risk management solutions for best-in-class large risk transportation clients in both the United States and Canada. The formalization of the practice, within the insurer’s Major Accounts

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Oil spill cleanup continues at derailed freight train site, CN investigating

July 4, 2017 The Associated Press

PLAINFIELD, Ill. – The effort to clean up 40,000 gallons of crude oil continues south of Chicago where a freight train derailed last week. Canadian National Railway spokesman Patrick Waldron said Monday the company is investigating the cause and circumstances

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Q1 insurance premiums up 95% at Berkshire Hathaway after adverse development reinsurance agreement with AIG

May 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Berkshire Hathaway Inc. announced Friday it recorded insurance premiums earned of $21.7 billion during the three months ending March 31 – up 95% from $11.1 billion in Q1 2016 -while Cyclone Debbie affected the Omaha, Neb.-based firm’s underwriting result by